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U Minnesota nursing school partners with Essentia Health to enhance skills, fill jobs pipeline


By David Schwartz
Published: November 30th, 2021

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is partnering with Essentia Health, an integrated health system serving Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, in a bid to create a nursing talent pipeline. The partners also see collaboration as vehicle for enhancing skills, creating a think-tank and incubator for creativity and innovation among nursing faculty, staff and students.

“This is a really innovative way to ensure we maintain adequate staff levels to continue providing high-quality care to our patients,” said Rhonda Kazik, Essentia’s chief nursing officer. “By sitting at the same table as the University of Minnesota, this establishes a critical pipeline, not only to address staffing needs, but also to ensure we have some of the most skilled nursing students working in our facilities after graduation.”

The university for its part will gain opportunities innovative educational experiences for nursing students at Essentia, and those nurses will be able to smoothly transition to jobs at Essentia after graduation.

“We are very proud to partner with Essentia, which we know is an excellent health system,” said nursing school dean White Delaney. “The emphasis they put on nursing, nursing leadership, nursing science and innovation, their commitment to advance nursing within the system, and the focus on rural health are magnificent. We look forward to working with such an outstanding organization.”

“Essentia is continuously looking to enhance our team and address labor challenges that have existed in health care for years, but are now being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kazik said. “We are proud of all of our initiatives that make it easier to go from college to employment almost right away.”

Source: Prairie Business

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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